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1979 Michigan Wolverines football
Gator Bowl, L 17–15 vs. North Carolina
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 19
APNo. 18
1979 record8–4 (6–2 Big Ten)
Head coachBo Schembechler (11th season)
MVPRon Simpkins
CaptainJohn Arbeznik
CaptainRon Simpkins
Home stadiumMichigan Stadium
Seasons
← 1978
1980 →
1979 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4/4 Ohio State 8 0 0     11 1 0
#10/10 Purdue 7 1 0     10 2 0
#18/19 Michigan 6 2 0     8 4 0
#19/16 Indiana 5 3 0     8 4 0
Iowa 4 4 0     5 6 0
Minnesota 3 5 1     4 6 1
Michigan State 3 5 0     5 6 0
Wisconsin 3 5 0     4 7 0
Illinois 1 6 1     2 8 1
Northwestern 0 9 0     1 10 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1979 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1979 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team's head coach was Bo Schembechler. The Wolverines played their home games at Michigan Stadium.

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 8, 1979 Northwestern #7/NA Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI W 49–7   100,790
September 15, 1979* #9/11 Notre Dame #6/5 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI L 12–10   105,111
September 22, 1979* Kansas #11/12 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 28–7   103,698
September 29, 1979* at California #11/13 California Memorial StadiumBerkeley, CA W 14–10   57,000
October 6, 1979 at #16/18 Michigan State #11/12 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI ABC W 21–7   79,311
October 13, 1979 Minnesota #11/11 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 31–21   104,677
October 20, 1979 at Illinois #11/11 Memorial StadiumChampaign, Il W 27–7   43,370
October 27, 1979† Indiana #10/10 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 27–21   104,832
November 3, 1979 Wisconsin #10/10 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 54–0   104,952
November 10, 1979 at #14/15 Purdue #10/10 Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN L 24–21   69,829
November 17, 1979 #2/3 Ohio State #13/13 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI L 18–15   106,255
December 28, 1979* vs. North Carolina #14/14 Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, FL (Gator Bowl) ABC L 17–15   70,407
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game notesEdit

Michigan StateEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Michigan 7 0 7 7 21
Michigan St 0 0 7 0 7

[1]


IndianaEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Indiana 0 14 0 7 21
Michigan 7 0 14 6 27

[2]


PlayersEdit

OffenseEdit

DefenseEdit

KickersEdit

AwardsEdit

  • All-Americans: Curtis Greer, Ron Simpkins
  • All-Conference: John Arbeznik, Curtis Greer, Ron Simpkins, Mike Jolly, Mike Trgovac, Butch Woolfolk
  • Most Valuable Player: Ron Simpkins
  • Meyer Morton Award: Curtis Greer
  • John Maulbetsch Award: Tony Jackson
  • Frederick Matthei Award: Mike Trgovac
  • Arthur Robinson Scholarship Award: Dan Murray

Professional footballEdit

Twenty-five (25) members of the 1979 Michigan football team went on to play professional football. They are: Kurt Becker (Chicago Bears, 1982–88, 1990, Los Angeles Rams, 1989), Marion Body (Michigan Panthers, 1983), Keith Bostic (Houston Oilers, 1983–88), (Cleveland Browns, 1990), Andy Cannavino (Michigan Panthers, 1983, Chicago Blitz, 1984), Brian Carpenter (New York Giants, 1982, Washington Redskins, 1983-84, Buffalo Bills, 1984), Anthony Carter (Michigan Panthers, 1983–84, Oakland Invaders, 1985, Minnesota Vikings, 1985–93, Detroit Lions, 1994-95), Ralph Clayton (St. Louis Cardinals, 1981), Craig Dunaway (Pittsburgh Steelers, 1983), Stanley Edwards (Houston Oilers, 1982–86, Detroit Lions, 1987), Paul Girgash (Michigan Panthers, 1984), Chris Godfrey (New York Jets, 1980, New York Giants, 1984-87, Seattle Seahawks, 1988), Curtis Greer (St. Louis Cardinals, 1980–87), Ali Haji-Sheikh (New York Giants, 1983–85, Atlanta Falcons, 1986, Washington Redskins, 1987), Mike Harden (Denver Broncos, 1980–88, Los Angeles Raiders, 1989–90), Mike Jolly (Green Bay Packers, 1980–83), George Lilja (Los Angeles Rams, 1982, New York Jets, 1983–84, Cleveland Browns, 1984–86, Dallas Cowboys, 1987), Doug Marsh (St. Louis Cardinals, 1980–86), Ed Muransky (Los Angeles Raiders, 1982–84, Orlando Renegades, 1985), Mel Owens (Los Angeles Rams, 1981–89), Bubba Paris (San Francisco 49ers, 1983–90, Indianapolis Colts, 1991, Detroit Lions 1991), Lawrence Ricks (Kansas City Chiefs, 1983–84), Ron Simpkins (Cincinnati Bengals, 1980–86, Green Bay Packers, 1988), Rich Strenger (Detroit Lions, 1983–87), Robert Thompson (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1983–84, Detroit Lions, 1987), and Butch Woolfolk (New York Giants, 1982–84, Houston Oilers, 1985-86, Detroit Lions, 1987–88).

Coaching staffEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Michigan Tops Spartans as Carter Scores TD." Palm Beach Post. 1979 Oct 7.
  2. "Carter's Last-Second Touchdown Catch Lifts Wolverines." Palm Beach Post. 1979 Oct 27.

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